Elbit Systems of America, LLC said it has announced its continued commitment in developing innovative leaders by supporting STEM education.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the education of these disciplines. According to the United States Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and are interested in a STEM career.
“I believe it is important that our nation maintains a lead in mathematics and science,” commented Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a manufacture of integrated system solutions we see the importance of this education on a daily basis and are committed to supporting our youth and young adults through internship training, scholarships, and mentoring.”
Elbit Systems of America, in conjunction with the Army Scholarship Foundation, established a scholarship to assist children of current and former members of the United States Army and to spouses of currently serving soldiers in their pursuit of higher education within STEM disciplines. This scholarship was created in the honor of SFC Neal Benson, an employee of Elbit Systems of America.
An eight-year employee and former engineer, Benson is also a member of the Army National Guard, 20th Special Forces Group. During Benson´s second tour in Afghanistan, he was injured by an Improved Explosive Device. The explosion left SFC Benson with serious head, eye and facial trauma.
In addition to the Army Scholarship, Elbit Systems of America also supports the “FIRSTâ¢ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Scholarship.” These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors that participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition and demonstrate leadership within the program.
In the summer of 2015, Horowitz announced Michelle Arnold of Medford, New York, and Sakshi Hester of San Diego, California, as the first recipients of the Elbit Systems of America FIRST Robotics scholarships.
Every year the company also extends scholarships to the dependent children of employees. Since the inception of this program, Elbit Systems of America has provided 41 scholarships to children continuing their education in a STEM discipline with dreams of careers in Engineering, Finance, and Medical fields.